Anyone 16+ Can Now Get the COVID-19 Vaccine
Mar 29, 2021
Effective today, all Kansans age 16 or older can now get the COVID-19 vaccine. Governor Laura Kelly announced starting Monday, March 29, 2021, the State of Kansas will make the COVID-19 vaccine available to all Kansans (16+), entering the final Phase 5 of the Vaccine Prioritization plan.
“With the anticipated increase in supply from the federal government, we must get every dose of vaccine into arms quickly,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “I strongly encourage every Kansan to get the COVID-19 vaccine so we can get back to school, back to work, and back to normal.”
Schedule Your Vaccine
HealthCore Clinic has partnered with GraceMed Health Clinic, other community health centers, and local leaders to get as many people vaccinated as soon as possible, as safely as possible. Currently, HealthCore is administering the Moderna vaccine which anyone 18+ is eligible for. You can schedule your vaccine by clicking below.
Serving Our Community
HealthCore Clinic has been serving Wichita’s most vulnerable populations before and during the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to serve long after. HealthCore Clinic was one of the first organizations to provide large-scale COVID-19 testing to the Wichita community, administering 1,723 tests over a 3-week period of time in May of 2020. Testing sites included a mobile clinic located at the Wichita State University Metroplex, located in the heart of the neighborhoods most disproportionately affected by the pandemic. HealthCore also opened a respiratory clinic and helped spearhead a safetynet system with other community health centers, such as GraceMed Health Clinic, to provide sick patients a safe environment to receive treatment at the height of the 2020 lockdown. Now, HealthCore Clinic and GraceMed Health Clinic are providing COVID-19 vaccines to the most vulnerable populations in Wichita by working together.
Working together to provide immunity in our community!
“HealthCore Clinic is honored to be working with the Mayor, Wichita City Council, Sedgwick County, and GraceMed Health Clinic to provide information and resources to all residents regarding the COVID-19 vaccines.” Stated Teresa Lovelady, President and CEO of HealthCore Clinic.
Sedgwick County Commissioner Sarah Lopez stated, “The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us, especially our Latino communities and communities of color. Many people are hesitant to get vaccinated. It is our goal to inform our community about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines, provide resources, and get as many people vaccinated as soon as possible.”
Mayor Brandon Whipple went on to say, “With vaccine eligibility opening up to residents in Phase 3 and 4 next week, even more people can get vaccinated. We are hearing a lot of questions like ‘Where do I get it?’ ‘How much does it cost?’ ‘When will it be my turn?’ and ‘Is it safe?’ These are great questions and this PSA seeks to help answer these questions and provide direction.”
Vice Mayor Brandon Johnson stated, “The COVID-19 vaccines are safe, they are 100% free, and you can get them at community health centers like HealthCore Clinic, GraceMed Health Clinic, and Sedgwick County vaccine sites. We all got the shot and are sharing our experiences in hopes it will encourage others to get vaccinated when they see how easy and safe it is.”
As Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), HealthCore Clinic and GraceMed Health Clinic help meet the needs of underserved areas and populations in Kansas. The message they are sharing is simple:
“The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, it’s free, and we are here to answer your questions.”
Venus Lee, CEO of GraceMed Health Clinic, stated, “Our vision is to offer comprehensive, integrated healthcare encompassing the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of individuals and families in the communities we serve. GraceMed and HealthCore are very aligned in our missions and goals, it made perfect sense to team up and support each other to provide as many vaccines to as many people as possible.” Teresa Lovelady went on to say, “Venus, and the entire team at GraceMed, have always been phenomenal partners ready to do what is best for the community. They’ve got our back and we’ve got theirs. Together, we’ve got our community’s back.”
HealthCore Clinic has also partnered with the Girls and Boys Club as a pop-up vaccination site and Guadalupe Clinic for shared resources. “It takes a village!” Said Teresa Lovelady regarding getting the community vaccinated. She went on to say, “Our goal now is to get residents to our online resource page where they can learn more about the vaccines, see where vaccine sites are, and schedule their vaccine.”
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